Career Action Plan

The path to your career is a four-year journey.

Adjust and Explore

  • Register on HIRE UT online career management system.
  • Take online self-assessment instruments to assist you in identifying your strengths, weaknesses, interests and skills as they relate to academics and occupations. You can then begin to match specific majors with general occupational areas. Make an appointment with a counselor in Career Services to discuss the results of your inventories.
  • Start your resume, and begin to keep track of your accomplishments.
  • Talk to professionals in fields of interest. Try the HIRE-UT E-mentor program.
  • Join at least one club or organization and begin to look for ways to assume a leadership role.
  • Start a co-curricular transcript in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement and keep track of your campus activities.
  • Get a summer job, or do volunteer work in a career-related area.

Plan Your Strategy and Get Involved

  • Take CAR 201, Career Decision-Making, a one-hour course designed to assist you in choosing or validating your career path.
  • Visit the Career Services website to explore career fields.
  • Completely familiarize yourself with the Career Services website, including the career research section on HIRE-UT.
  • If you haven’t already, NOW is the time to solidify choices concerning your academic major.
  • Join clubs and organizations, and assume a leadership role; update your co-curricular transcript to reflect these roles.
  • If you haven’t already, start or update your resume.
  • Begin building a network of contacts in your field through employment, academics, etc.
  • Continue to work in a career-related area through a part-time or summer job, internship or volunteer experience.
  • Look for positions related to your academic interest on the HIRE-UT Web job listings.

Evaluate Decisions, Commit to Goals and Proceed Confidently

  • Update your resume and have it reviewed by a counselor in Career Services.
  • Secure an internship or part-time job that provides you with experience directly related to your field of study. View position openings on the HIRE-UT Web job listings. Attend internship fairs during fall and spring semesters.
  • To further identify yourself with your field of study, join a University professional society or national organization in your field for more ideas and access to opportunities.
  • Practice interview skills using Optimal Job Search.
  • Review the list of mentors available on the HIRE-UT E-mentor list.
  • Arrange for an informational interview with a professional in your field.
  • Solidify decisions about attending graduate or professional school, and do research concerning admissions, application specifics and entrance testing. Utilize Career Services for initial research concerning graduate schools.

Transition From College to Career

  • Take CAR 401, Job Search Strategies, a one-hour course focusing on the transition to the world of work.
  • Prepare your final resume, and have it reviewed by a career counselor in the Office of Career Services.
  • Schedule a mock interview with a member of the UT Board of Counselors or a career counselor in the Office of Career Services.
  • Participate in on-campus interviewing opportunities.
  • Attend Job Fairs, special programs and workshops and employer information sessions.
  • Obtain academic and work-related references.
  • Research companies/organizations for which you would like to work, and send out resumes and cover letters targeted to them.
  • Create a plan to stay organized and as stress-free as possible.